A digital commonplace for a Regular Guy called Charlie Pharis

Month: July 2005 (page 1 of 5)


I just re-discovered this famous quote from Ernest Hemingway’s preface to The Short Stories

In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused.

“+” for Wednesday…

Actually, multiple “+”s for today…

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
-Albert Einstein

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.
-T. S. Eliot

A person is only as big as the dream they dare to live.

What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? I was practicing for this, I was training for this.
-Epictetus (55-135 AD) Roman Philosopher

Howard: An Update…

Thanks to all who’ve prayed for my dad. My mom was pretty much amazed by and very grateful for the fact that people who don’t even know my dad were praying! (Side note to my brother: “Amazin’, ain’t it, Tom?!?!?”)

Anyway, they released my dad from the hospital yesterday after a CT scan didn’t show anything. They sent him home, forbade him from taking his daily aspirin, and they will see him sometime next week for that bladder scan thing. When I talked to my mom just a few minutes ago, my dad was washing dishes, and he had been out and about, pretty much as normal, except with a catheter.

Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers. It ain’t over yet, apparently, but it ain’t immediately life-threatening right now, either.

100 Photographs That Changed the World…

I’m a dabbler, a dilettante, if you will, in a lot of things. Jack of all, master of none, you get the idea…

Anyway, I’ve always kind of liked photography, though I’ve never been real serious about it.

I started out with a Polaroid Big Swinger that I “inherited” from my brother. Graduated later to a Kodak Ektra 1 (remember 110 film and FlipFlash?). Then, one of our wedding gifts to ourselves was the Nikon FG-20.

Just this week, I inherited a Vivitar ViviCam 5385 – this time from “The Boy” who got a new one – but that’s story for another day – some people have all the luck.

Anyway, most of my photography has been snapshot stuff of family gatherings, drum corps shows, vacations, and the like. Nothing real profound or beautiful or whatever.

This morning, while looking for something else, I came across a link to LIFE Magazine’s digital photography feature, 100 Photographs That Changed the World. I’m not sure I agree with all their picks, but there are some pretty poignant and significant images there.

It is true, that old saying, how many words one good picture is worth…

Family Guy Has an 80s Flashback…

Ah, the 80s! When Michael Jackson was still a talented young black man, instead of a washed-up, butt-ugly white woman! (Only in America…!)

Ah, the 80s! When MTV still played music! Like one of my favorite videos by Aha!

Watch what happens when Family Guy takes a trip back to an 80s video parallel universe. Too funny!

BTW, the MilkandCookies folks include the original “Take On Me” video for comparison. Click on the Aha! link above…